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Catch a flick under the stars at these outdoor cinemas

Coburg Drive-In

The Coburg Drive-In has a retro diner with serving food and cinema staples, the comfort of your own vehicle in which to make out (alongside 899 others), and the opportunity to see if Johnny Quarterback is finally going to ask you to the prom. Great news: the Coburg Drive In Food Truck Festival returns on Wed Nov 19 for Interstellar, and Thu Nov 20 for The Hunger Games: MockingjayCoburg.

Lunar Drive-In

The Lunar Drive-in Theatre Dandenong is the largest drive-in in Australia. Films are shown every day except Christmas Day and the Lunar Café is open every night before and during the shows. Dandenong.

Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema

Situated in the historic grounds of Abbotsford Convent, the Shadow Electric plays host to an eclectic mix of emerging and established cinema. Get yourself down here for happy hour at the bar and settle down for a night of cinematic magic. This summer's highlights run from docos (Salinger, Thu Dec 12) to childhood faves (The Karate Kid, Sat Dec 21), to art flicks (Frances Ha, Sat Jan 24) and gore (Death Force, Mon Feb 17). Abbotsford

Moonlight Cinema

Saturday night live music sessions will be more than enough reason to get a big group of friends together this season. Bring a picnic or buy some street fare from the new LA-style food truck. Returning this season: Doggie Nights for film-loving pooches and their humans to catch a movie together, along with the usual cult classic nights and special themed screenings. Tickets for the summer go on sale in November, with options of 'gold grass' viewing and beanbags for hire. Dec 4-Mar 29. South Yarra

Rooftop Cinema

The Rooftop Cinema is another tried and true movie buff hangout, with the clear night sky – despite its inner city placement. The chairs at Rooftop, one must add, are exceedingly comfy – a small but important difference. The summer season starts on December 6 and runs till April 5. Melbourne


Ben and Jerry's Open Air Cinema

If there's anything finer than the seaside, beer, free ice cream and movies, we haven't experienced it. Thrillers include Gone Girl (Dec 1 & 4) and Jaws (Sun Dec 14); fun stuff includes the Grease sing-along (Sun Dec 7) and Frozen sing-along (Sat Dec 13); while random faves include The Breakfast Club (Tue Dec 9) and Dirty Dancing (Tue Dec 16). There's also live music at weekends.
St Kilda 

Moonlight Films

Fancy an outdoor cinema experience where you can really see the stars? The Macedon Ranges will host 31 movies between December 5, 2014 and March 8, 2015, from recent releases to old classics. There are only 100 tickets per session, so be sure to book. 'Top Paddock' goers get a beanbag thrown in - otherwise, bring your own chair or blanket. Abbotsford.

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